noun. a metrical unit with unstressed-unstressed-stressed syllables.
- metrical unit
- metrical foot
- anapaestus (Latin)
- ἀνάπαιστος (Ancient Greek (to 1453))
Example sentences of the word anapest
1. Adjective, superlative
The most common feet are the iamb, the anapest, the trochee and the dactyl.
2. Noun, singular or mass
Anapests are two weak syllables followed by one strong one; a dactyl is the reverse of an anapest, with two weak syllables following one strong syllable.